TalkCast 394 – Jeff Deck, The Ghost Author




Jeff Deck

Jeff Deck

In this episode we are joined by author Jeff Deck to talk about his newest series City of Ports – The Shadow over Portsmouth (Book One) We got the chance to task with Jeff about the setting, Portsmouth, NH, the development of the characters, the use of internal monologue as a narrative tool and how when it all comes together into a wonderful urban paranormal science fiction detective story that virtually defies  definition (as well it should).  Jeff spoke with us about how and why the main character Divya Allard came into being and the four-year adventure before he found the right story to use her in.

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City of Ports – The Shadow over Portsmouth

City of Ports – The Shadow over Portsmouth

TalkCast 393 – Yes Virginia, Vermont Has a Comic Convention (and has for a few years now)




Vermont Comic Con

Vermont Comic Con

And joining the show to talk about it are Jason and Natasha Moulton.

First the bullet points:

  • The con runs September 15 & 16 at the Barre Civic Center.
  • The venue has wifi and tons of parking.
  • Ticket prices are quite reasonable.
  • There are also VIP Passes, discounts for Student, Senior, Military and First Responders.
  • There is a Family pack discount as well.

Jay and Natasha got the chance to speak about a ton of stuff. We talked about how the Guests this year (it is year 5) were chosen and how the Artists Alley, Vendor Areas and Panels have a distinct Vermont flavor, so if you have been to other shows, chances are real good that you will get to see and experience a ton of new stuff as well. One of the interesting things Natasha talked about was the Gaming Pavilion and VCC’s affiliation with Steve Jackson Games (Munchkin). It should prove to be a jam packed show with something for literally everyone. Come down and visit the Sci Fi Saturday Night booth. We look forward to seeing you all there.

News:

Yeah

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TalkCast 392 – GraniteCon 2018 Preview




The Double Midnight Gang

The Double Midnight Gang

Joining the podcast for this episode is Chris Proulx, Owner of Double Midnight Comics (with locations in Manchester and Concord New Hampshire) and one of the main men behind the scenes of Double Midnight Productions and The Granite State Comicon being held on September 8 & 9 at the former Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Tickets are available online and can also be purchased on the days of the event at the sales booths as the North and South Event Areas. Kids

GraniteCon 2018

GraniteCon 2018

under 10 are free when accompanied by a paid adult.

This year, the South Expo Hall will be host to Artists Alley, the Vendors Area, the Celebrity Meet and Greet and Photo Op. area. See special guests including Doug Jones Butch Patrick, Carol Spinney and many more.

The North Concourse will be home to The Kids Con, The Fan Zone (which will include The New England Brotherhood of Pirates, Stranger Things Feature Presentation, The 501stNew England, The Mass. Ghostbusters, Stark Expo v2.018, The Guardian Legion and so much more) a vast array of panels (you might even want to check out Geek Ears, Pointy & Otherwise with Nerd Audio) and even some of those plucky hosts from Sci Fi Saturday Night will be there.

In addition to the daily goings on there are number of pre and post events to make the weekend a truly fun experience. Join Chris and the whole Double Midnight gang for what has truly become a wonderful New Hampshire must see event.

Drop by and say hello.

 

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TalkCast 391 – The Dread Whimsy of Rob Smales




Rob SmalesThis episode brings us Five Timers Club member Rob Smales who converses with us about a swarm of horrifying items.

Rob got to talk about his involvement in My Peculiar Family 2 as an author and as an editor. We got a rare glimpse of that the role of a good editor is and does. From a writing standpoint, he talked about how he used the writing prompt to shape his peculiar story and as an editor seeing the divergent roads others took.My Peculiar Family 2 3D Cover

We also talked about two upcoming projects.

First is his editorial work on a new volume entitled “A Sharp Stick In the Eye (and Other Funny Stories)”, available now from Books & Boos Press. Rob seems to truly enjoy his role as

A Sharp Stick In the Eye

A Sharp Stick In the Eye

editor and waxed almost poetically (I didn’t know that was even possible) about the amazing stories in the book, including works by Jeff Strand and Wayne Faust among many others.

Then he spoke about an upcoming novella, “Friends In High Places” being published by Bloodshot Books, which he describes as ‘a coming of age tale gone horribly wrong’. The amazing Lynn Hansen is doing the cover art and it is due for a late September release.

Rob is always a fun guest to have on, which is a prime attribute of our Five Timers Club members,

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A 5 Timers Club Inductee

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

 

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TalkCast 390 – V.S. Holmes and Nel Bently




V.S. Holmes

V.S. Holmes

Our guest in this episode is returning author V.S. Holmes here to talk about some new interconnected projects of hers at Amphibian Press.

First is her inclusion in a Science fiction short story anthology ‘Beamed Up.’ Joining with fellow “Amphibian” writers Cameron J. Quinn, Ariele Sieling and Cullen McHael, V.S.’ contribution is a story called “Disciples”, written in the Nel Bently universe.

Her other project is the soon to be released Book 3 in the Nel Bently series “Strangers”. For those unfamiliar with the series, you can read the first book for free here. V.S. talked about Nel, where she came from how she developed and the parallels between Nel and herself.

After that, we talked about the unique perspective that “Disciples” brings to the Nel Bently universe, allowing the reader the rare ability to see this from the opposite perspective, from the eyes of the “alien”, Lin Nalawangsa (but is Lin actually an alien?). This is an extremely enjoyable well-written series and we had a lot of fun talking about it with V.S., aside from not  having to do so in a truck stop with negligible internet access.

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Strangers

Strangers

Beamed Up

Beamed Up

Another Peculiar August Update – Ryanne Strong




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

Fortune—and misfortune—can be found in the most unlikely places … including on a lonely train speeding through the night. Whether Chauncy Thomas’ fortunes have deteriorated or improved is a matter of perspective …

#Read @Ryanne Strong’s peculiar tale ONLY in the exciting #new #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II.

@Ryanne Strong talks about her peculiar publication:

 

“Creating the character of Chauncy Thomas for, “Fortune’s Opportunity” was a fun challenge for me. But once I’d worked out his backstory, I knew exactly how I could fit him into Chyna Dale’s universe.”

Ryanne Strong

Ryanne Strong

 

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

#MPF2

 

Another Peculiar August Update – Vlad Vaslyn




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

What if you could steal someone’s imagination? #Read @Vladvaslyn’s creepy gothic tale ONLY in the exciting #new #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II.

@Vlad Vaslyn recalls his peculiar experience writing “The Final Tale!”

Creativity is a blessing and a curse peculiar to humankind. Is there any other creature that displays such ability to wield the lightning of imagination? When an artist—painter, writer, sculptor, and so on—is blessed with the throes of creativity, it’s often a blissful and exhilarating experience. It can feel almost holy, and for most, the sacrifice of time, energy and emotion is well worth ceding a bit of one’s soul.

But there’s a dark side to creativity, too, as all adepts know. Consider the episodes of gloom and

crisis that can all too easily overwhelm, those moments when an artist feels that no matter his skill, his work is mediocre, and is therefore doomed. What happens when an artist just isn’t good

Vlad Vaslyn

Vlad Vaslyn

enough, when he fails, despite how badly he yearns, despite how he puts his craft above all else? What happens when the curse peculiar needles its way into his soul, and the ecstasy of creation is overwhelmed by the agony of mediocrity? It can lead to uncomfortable questions, soul-shaking questions, and the blessing of creativity can all too easily become a curse.

In “The Final Tale,” Andrew Lahr is a lonely young man yearning to become a writer of renown, but despite his love of storytelling, he consistently falls short of fulfilling his life-long dream. Destitute and on the verge of suicide, Andrew is at crossroads … until his mysterious uncle—a man known to dabble in strange magic—bequeaths Andrew with a gift that can unlock the power of not just his own imagination, but all imaginations. Andrew begins to grow into the writer he’s always desired to become, but his uncle’s gift exacts a price, and soon Andrew starts to wonder: has he been blessed, or has he been cursed?

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

TalkCast 389 – Yet Another Peculiar August Show




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

In this episode we are joined by author Vlad Vaslyn and artist, writer and coloratura soprano Karen Gosselin to talk about their contributions to My Peculiar Family 2, currently on Kickstarter.

Karen gets the chance to talk about how she has been with this project since the beginning and why she felt it was important to continue to Book Two.

Vlad, who has been so very helpful behind the scenes in the book, talks about the “exercise” aspect of these books and how it lets all the assembled writers work within the same project and have such wildly inventive and different story’s.

It’s a fun night with two of the shows very good friends.

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Karen Gosselin

Karen Gosselin

Vlad Vaslyn

Vlad Vaslyn

 

Meet My Peculiar Families John Valeri




John Valeri

John Valeri

A reclusive novelist has earned herself a cult following … The trouble is, she may not have ever published a damn thing.

#Author @JohnValeri talks about his peculiar story in the upcoming #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II:

“Writing “Publish/Perish” was a “peculiar” experience in that it elicited an overwhelmingly vehement response from the few trusted early readers who got a glimpse at the first half—more so than anything I’d shared previously. I was inundated with enthusiastic congratulations on my too-good-to-be-true book deal, tempered only by sympathetic commiseration over my impending divorce. While there are a few autobiographical elements infused within the story, neither of those occurrences happen to be among them. I’m still an “aspiring novelist,” and I’m still happily married. Guess I should have prefaced my submission with a precursor: This is a work of fiction. Live and learn, huh?”

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

#MPF2

My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

TalkCast 388 – Dale T. Phillips, Throg and A Peculiar Update




Dale T. Phillips

Dale T. Phillips

 

In this podcast, Dale Phillips, who certainly has some stuff to talk about, joins us once again. We get a chance to talk about his newest works as well as his time as a student when Stephen King was his teacher, his time as a mall Santa, his upcoming trip to The Killer Nashville Annual Writers Conference and his IMDB credit for the movie Throg. We then got to talk about volume two of My Peculiar Family now out on Kickstarter. Dale talks bout why he wanted to be involved in this project and what he brings to it, including a nifty audio book reward offering. Come join us on Kickstarter and sit back and relax here as well.

 

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My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

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